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Let’s deal with Uganda’s social sins

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Posted  Saturday, December 14  2013 at  02:00
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The disorder we are witnessing in our country and more especially in the city is symptomatic of the quality of our leadership and it is a cause of weeping for any citizen who love Uganda. Force has become the order of the day. Hooliganism reigns at the moment. I wonder when tear gas became part of the diet for human beings. The unfortunate bit is that some of our fellow men cannot see that they are being used by a few selfish persons to harass their very own. It is the enforcers to get their hands soiled for the most part while their bosses sleep and travel in air-conditioned facilities.

Our leaders must remember that improvements in the life of any given society must always begin and end with the improvement of individual men and women and especially those in high positions. What we are witnessing today may be seen or interpreted as social sins of Uganda, but these are errors of our own leaders. We need to live as persons that will eventually die and leave behind all material things we are striving for. None of us is indispensable and we must live as such.

Some leaders forget that they are neither the first nor the last to ascend the throne. We must not be the reason why our fellow men and women should weep. We are just stewards of God’s gifts and we must allow others to also enjoy them.
We see social decline; laws intended for individuals are promulgated, important issues are shelved.

Without personal improvement, no one can really begin to contribute to the improvement of society. Every genuine effort to become better has social effects by its repercussions on the family, the place where one works, and public life. Each individual is responsible for his own actions and omissions. Sins of society or of structure cannot exist because neither society nor structures can sin. The personal sins of individuals do, however, affect the life of society; many of the sins committed by individuals come to the surface in the social life. If we really want good times, we must work for good times.

Augustine Munyandamutsa,
Christ the King Parish, Kabale